- Mark Laycock named in management team
- England U19 will play France U19 on 1 April
- Find out more about RFU and PRL agreement
Newcastle Falcons' skills coach Mark Laycock will form part of the England U19 management team for a one-off fixture against France U19 in April.
He will be joined by England player pathway coach, Peter Walton, for the away match on Saturday, 1 April with the venue yet to be confirmed.
“I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity and hopefully I will play a part in helping to achieve the goals set for this game,” said Laycock. “Peter Walton and John Fletcher have given me a good insight into the environment with England, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Laycock joined the Falcons academy coaching staff in 2006, and worked alongside current England U18 head coach John Fletcher, before moving to the position of Academy Manager in 2012. After impressing director of rugby Dean Richards, Laycock took up the role of club skills coach in 2015.
“This is a fantastic chance for Mark in his development as a coach to gain experience at international level,” said Dean Ryan, head of international player development at the RFU.
“The fixture also represents a great opportunity for a wider group of players to gain the experience of an international environment in new surroundings.”
The squad to take on France will be made up of players currently in the England U18 and U20 setups, as well as those looking to impress ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championship, which starts in May.
The appointment of Laycock comes as a result of the new agreement between the RFU and Premiership Rugby Limited, which sees talented club coaches gain experience in an international environment.